On The Street Where I Live… a challenge

Our friends at Fandango have thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge, On The Street Where I Live. You can visit them at:  https://fivedotoh.com/2018/08/01/on-the-street-where-i-live/  Thank you Fandango. 

“Home is where you feel loved, appreciated and safe.”  – Tracy Taylor

While France may not be the land of my birth, it is the home of my heart.

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Boulangerie (Bakery) not yet open for the evening rush

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Most of the opposite side of our street is the wall dividing between village and the river.

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The old pharmacy is for sale and has much to offer. It would be ideal for a business with residence above.

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The old café is for sale as the new owners moved it down the road so they had more room and plenty of outside space. Upstairs is a working hotel.

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Stop and smell the roses, or whatever else is in bloom and perhaps a sprig of rosemary.

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The bank is to the left but we shall stay on my street.

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Chambre d’hotes and large houses (similar to a bed and breakfast)

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Bibliothèque (Library) During the summer months it also doubles as the Tourist Office.

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War memorial

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Foyer (for indoor events including cinema)

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Small market with gas pumps

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The new café

Alas, it is a long road that I live on. What you see here, barely scratches the surface and at best, I shall hope it tempts you to visit the small villages in France. We have much to offer.

Bisous,

Léa

 

 

 

59 thoughts on “On The Street Where I Live… a challenge

    1. The trees were planted by Napolean’s troops. My house, not one of the oldest on this side of the river, is nearly 400 years old. The chateau behind me is nearly 1000 years. But the true treasure is the people. Thank you.

  1. It’s really fun to see these – they are so different from my area in the U.S. where we live in a semi-rural development with lots of nature. I would love to have little shops and cafes outside my door!

    1. Absolutely. Throughout my years in the states I never saw anything like this. Actually, we are rather rural and surrounded by vineyards.

    1. Thank you Judith. It is tempting and I encourage you to explore the little villages of France. They are the heart of the Country. It is my pleasure and perhaps if you come this way, I could get a few books signed? 🙂 x

    1. Lovely, I should love to hear more about your writing and writers who influenced you. Perhaps you could be enticed to try some of the best wine? ❤

  2. A lovely place. Having done the full tour around the world in my travels and living abroad, I can never understand my compatriots’s constant bitching when they live in one of the most “perfect” countries in the world. “Perfect” is “osé” but, France has a decent weather, neither too cold nor too warm, history everywhere, culture, food, wine, incredible safety (I live in Mexico!), boulangeries, wine, saucisson, pétanque… 🙂 What more can one ask?
    Bon week-end.

    1. While I haven’t traveled as much as you, I have done a bit. France may not be the answer for everyone and I’m sure it isn’t. However, for myself, it is a glove. 😊
      Bon weekend mon ami!

    2. While I haven’t traveled as much as you, I have done a bit. France may not be the answer for everyone and I’m sure it isn’t. However, for myself, it is a glove. 😊

      1. Ça te va comme un gant?
        Everything is relative. I live in a country where there are 30,000 homicides a year. And the Law doesn’t exist. Soooo. I enjoy my yearly six weeks in France as a haven of peace. (Though there seems to be an increasing incidence of knives carried around)
        Bonne semaine. (And where did you learn French?)

      2. Honestly, I arrived knowing just a few words and most of what I have learned is Catalan French as that is what is spoken here. However, I do read French poetry, and a bit of prose, not to mention films in French. My little village is very tranquil and the only guns belong to the hunters, the knives belong to them and the cooks.

      3. So you have a singing “catalan” accent? How lovely. Appreciate the peace of your little village. Insecurity is growing in Paris, much to my dismay. The last events would never have happened… ten years ago. Quel dommage.

      4. While I realize there are problems everywhere, I have never felt as safe as I do in my little paradise. Even my nearest city, Narbonne, is fairly tranquil and that will improve as the tourists leave. I am not keen on crowds.

      5. I’ll second the crowd thing as well. Yes, no worry, most of France is veeeery safe. I’ve always thought it a consequence of the two World Wars. People have seen and lived trough the worse of human violence. It calmed them down. But in the cities? It’s coming back. Let’s see what happens.

      1. Actually, some areas are harvesting already. In my own village, and surrounding ones, it should begin in another week or so. Each vigneron will watch his grapes for signs of being ready. Closer to the sea, such as Fitou and Leucate, they make an excellent Muscat and have already harvested. Around here it usually continues into October depending on the grape. However, in some parts of the wine regions, the harvest as late as November. I don’t plan on a post of the vendange this year, I did a few several years ago, but that could change? Thanks for commenting. Bonne semaine.

      2. Haha! Muscat is for l’Apèro. Haven’t tried that one, I tend to prefer Burgundy or Beaujolais wines, or a Gamay. But I will try one at the earliest opportunity.

      3. Technically it is for l’Apèo but I have been offered and seen it drunk at other times. Some even use it with dessert. Burgundy and Beaujolais are fine if you can’t get Pompador, Grande Cuvée or Trois… Those are exclusive to a little village 7-8 km from me and I have a friend at the cave there. Did you say you were in Oz?

      4. Down under? No. Not yet. (I did write a novel based on Chatwin’s songlines though) The farthest East I have been so far is Singapore. Which is really West for us. 🙂

      5. Sorry. For some reason I thought you lived there, or at least part of the time? I haven’t been to Singapore but Thailand for only a few days then a month in Vietnam. I did some consulting in Saigon which was interesting. Then we traveled quite a bit, up to Hanoi, Halong Bay… 🙂

      6. Consulting in Saigon? 🙂 (Would be interesting to know more) I lived six months in Saigon, 1956, between the two Vietnam wars. My father had been detached as General Manager of Royal Air Cambodge. We then moved to Phnomh-Penh where I have my first memories.
        Went “back” to Asia last year with the whole family. Loved the place(s)
        La baie d’Along is on my travel list. 🙂

      7. Yes. I can. Americans can have that relationship to Vietnam. (So I’ve heard).
        The Vietnamese are very brave and resilient people. Dominated by the Chinese for thousands of years. Then the French. Then the Vietnam war. 😦
        I hope they have found their way to peace.
        When I was in Cambodia in January, I still could feel the effects of the war and the Khmer Rouges. It takes time.
        (Still don’t know what kind of consulting you did, or do, but that’s all right.) 🙂

      8. A colleague and I were invited to consult at a drug rehab program in Saigon. Probably the only one in the country and run by the church. They taught their clients are, ran a shop and used the money from selling the art to fund the program. My degrees are all in Psychology. My work was in a private therapy center and in Child Protection. We saw a high percentage of substance abuse in our cases.

      9. Very interesting. I like Psychology. Worked with psychologists most of my professional life. (I’m a market researcher). Surprising to hear of such a high incidence of drug abuse in a country so tightly controlled. Or maybe that was (one of) the reason(s). You have a nice job. 🙂

      10. No, sorry, the population with the high rate of substance abuse was back in the states, those coming through the courts at child protection, and also in private practice in the counseling center. Yes, the control can be a contributing factor. When one is controlled by others, they often feel helpless, ego, what have they got to loose? Psychological pain can be horrific. Nice job, try working in Child protection… The system is too broken to do what it claims it is doing.

      11. Perhaps, it is a shame that the workers are not given the resources to do their jobs and do not have their employers support. The system is long overdue for a major overhaul, and some good journalists to do undercover investigations. I promise, the results would not be pleasant.

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